Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for October 26th - November 6th, 2006
This is aromatic aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium.
This mid-sized, but compact and bushy aster has daisy-like blue lavender
flowers which bloom late summer through mid fall. These plants are attractive
to bees, butterflies and/or birds, are drought-tolerant and grow well in
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 9.
You can find Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies' (the NC Botanical Garden
2000 Wildflower of the Year) asters growing in several new beds near the end
of the Perennial and National Boxwood Collections,
including the circular bed with a newly planted 'Natchez' crapemyrtle.
[Image: Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database]